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G7 Reinvents Itself as Democratic Bulwark in London

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The G7’s sprawling new communique portrays the bloc as a democratic bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

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Peru’s Voters Mull a Hard Left Turn

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Decades of business-friendly politics may be coming to an abrupt end in Peru.

Inflationary Signs Mount in Post-COVID Economic Normalization

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Are rising prices temporary normalization pains, or a new normal in the making?

India Shows COVID-19 Pandemic Far from Over

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Variants have altered the COVID risk dynamic, and emerging economies are uniquely vulnerable to severe outbreaks. This article highlights some of the most at-risk countries.

London Meetings Hint at Democratic Rebrand of G7

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One of the world’s least consequential multilateral groupings is getting a democratic makeover as the G7’s first high-level head-to-head meetings in two years take place in London.

An Upset in the Making? Greens Pull Ahead of Merkel’s CDU

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With disaffected CDU voters flocking to the Greens in droves, the September election appears to be wide open.

Global Forecast (5-3-2021)

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Turkish military sets up shop in Iraqi Kurdistan, border clashes break out along Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border, and another Belt and Road deal is in the crosshairs in Australia.

Canadian Foreign Policy Can’t Simultaneously Support Territorial Integrity and Separatism

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Contradictory stances on Ukraine and Azerbaijan undermine Canada’s moral authority.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Lithium Demand

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New energy paradigms demand new strategic commodities. First in a new series, this article examines factors impacting lithium demand over the next decade.

Clientelism, Cronyism, and Abuse of Power in a Time of Coronavirus

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Unless we legislate against the cronyism that’s infiltrated democracies, free-and-easy procurement practices will continue to squander tax dollars long after COVID-19.

Do We Live in Mearsheimer’s World?

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Is Russia’s Ukraine policy a proactive response to domestic concerns, or a reactive answer to outside incursions into its near abroad?

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